The Hong Kong Open is the last chance for players currently outside the top-110 on the Race to Dubai to earn full playing privileges for next season. Paul Krishnamurty considers the cases of six players still on the wrong side of the cut, but not without hopes of making it with a big week...
"Foster has done it before, twice finishing fourth here including last year, among four top-11s. He is very much a 'horses for courses' type, also repeatedly popping up in contention at the high-class Open de France."
Race to Dubai position: 110th
Hong Kong Open odds 120.0119/1
Positioned right on the cut line inside the top-110, Meesawat has no room for error. There are five players within 10,000 Euros, so were he to miss the Hong Kong cut, just one of the immediate chasers would only need to make the top-40. That was his fate last week in Macau, but the Thai star was runner-up on this course two years ago.
Race to Dubai position: 111th
Hong Kong Open odds 220.0219/1
One place back, illustrating the threat to Meesawat and the rest just inside the top-110, their closest pursuer is an Asian Tour stalwart with plenty of form in co-sanctioned events. Chawrasia is one of Steve Rawlings' picks and, notably, was fifth in this event last year.
Race to Dubai position: 119th
Hong Kong Open odds 80.079/1
I'm sure all the privileges associated with being a triple major winner mean earning a card makes little difference to Harrington, but appearances in Italy and Portugal suggest he realises the European Tour is his best chance of a comeback.
There's nothing in the recent form bank to recommend but as a former winner and runner-up in this event, course form and happy memories might just make the difference.
Race to Dubai position: 125th
Hong Kong Open odds 310.0309/1
Likewise after missing five of his last six cuts, it is hard to make an optimistic case for Foster. This journeyman needs a top-five finish to keep his card. Interestingly, however, he has done it before, twice finishing fourth here including last year, among four top-11s. Foster is very much a 'horses for courses' type, also repeatedly popping up in contention at the high-class Open de France, for example. Indeed in the latest renewal, he led during the third round.
Race to Dubai position: 138th
Hong Kong Open odds 290.0289/1
The Race to Dubai is a secondary target for Asian Tour regular Holman, who is making only his 10th start of this year's race. The Aussie would need a top-three to challenge the top-110 but is a good prospect and in form. A fortnight ago he made the top-20 at the Dunhill Links and in Sunday's Macau Open, Holman was headed for a top-six finish before hitting 10 on his 70th hole.
Race to Dubai position: 209th
Hong Kong Open odds 130.0129/1
Again, this is hardly Colomo's main target having earned just 31,000 from seven starts, meaning he needs to win. Nevertheless, the Spaniard looks one of the best outside bets, having finished fifth and 12th in the last two Hong Kong renewals. Sunday's eighth place in Macau was his third straight top-15 finish.